The story of Red Bird is one of deep faith in God and was born in answer to prayers. God answered these prayers and sent the Evangelical Church into the Cumberland Mountains in the area called Red Bird. The first workers, Miss Myra Bowman and Miss Emeline Welsh, arrived to teach elementary grades on July 1, 1921. Rev. J.J. Dewall was the first pastor appointed to the mission and served as superintendent from 1921 until his death in 1928.
Today, the need remains critical in this isolated rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: education, health and wellness, community outreach, economic opportunity and community housing improvement.
Support for these ministries come from churches and individuals across the nation. Over the years the mission has enjoyed wide support in the United Methodist Church as well as from other denominations. In recent years, there has been a decline in the support received. They are currently facing a financial crisis that is making it difficult to continue all the areas of ministry. Without more funding, they will have to reduce the level of ministry provided to this community. Your donations to Red Bird Mission will help to continue these vital ministries in this distressed region of Appalachia.